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  • A picture of Bosko, Warner Bros. first cartoon star, can be seen hanging on the wall of the meeting hall, in the scene where Yosemite Sam confronts the aliens.
  • CASTLE THUNDER: First heard during a "film-within-a-film" for one second when Michael's kids are flipping through the TV channels and lightning appears on the screen. It's then briefly heard again for one second when the Nerdlucks begin to transform into the Monstars.
  • While praying in church for the return of his basketball skills, Charles Barkley says, "I'm never gonna go out with Madonna again." This refers to his own fling with Madonna (not Dennis Rodman's fling, as previously reported).
  • The couple sitting next to the aliens when they steal the talents of Barkley and Ewing are Patricia Heaton and Dan Castellaneta.
  • The Tune Squad's jersey numbers: 1/2, Tweety Bird; 1, Bugs Bunny; 2, Daffy Duck; 3, Sniffles the Mouse; 6, Yosemite Sam; 7, Road Runner; 8, Porky Pig; 9, Sylvester; 10, Lola Bunny; 13, Wile E. Coyote; 22, Bill Murray; 23, Michael Jordan; 25, Barnyard Dawg; 33, Foghorn Leghorn; 53, Elmer Fudd; heart symbol, Pepe Le Pew; exclamation point, Tasmanian Devil; question mark, Beaky Buzzard.
  • Simona Ventura is the Italian voice of Lola Bunny.
  • The Monstars/Nerdlucks' names are Pound (orange one), Bang (green), Nawt (magenta), Bupkus (purple) and Blanko (blue). None of their names are mentioned in the film, and neither is the word "Nerdluck."
  • The gym where the Looney Tunes practice is called "Leon Schlesinger Gym" after Leon Schlesinger, the man who produced the first Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.
  • When flying towards "Moron Mountain", the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) can be seen at the very right edge of the frame floating in space.
  • Michael Jordan actually wore his North Carolina Tar Heel college basketball shorts under his Chicago Bulls uniform every game as a good luck charm.
  • After Daffy suggests naming the team "the Ducks", Bugs asks "What kind of Mickey Mouse organization would name their team the Ducks?" This was a dig at the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL, which were established by The Walt Disney Company.
  • When Larry Johnson says that his grandmother can play better than him, it is a reference to the Converse commercial where Johnson plays his Grandmama.
  • To keep Michael Jordan happy while filming, Warner Bros. built him his own basketball court.
  • Noel Blanc (Mel Blanc's son) was originally booked to provide all of the regular Warner Brothers male cartoon characters' voices. But he and Warner Brothers couldn't agree on a contract, so the studio replaced Blanc with four other people to do the 12 male voices, instead of Blanc doing them all.
  • The hat that Bill Murray is wearing at the Bulls game at the end of the movie is the Saint Paul Saints, a minor league baseball team of which Murray was a part owner at the time.
  • This film marks the debut of Lola Bunny, Bugs' love interest.
  • The concept for this movie originated from a series of highly popular Nike ads where Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan faced off against Marvin the Martian and his alien henchmen in basketball.
  • In order to fill up the audience from a limited selection of characters, one section was made from actual Looney Tunes. The rest were simply replicated over and over and then "seated" next to each other to create the illusion of a full audience.
  • The scuffed basketball used in the film is a treasured souvenir owned by director Joe Pytka. When held by Michael Jordan it is real, but whenever it is in flight or controlled by the cartoon characters it is animated.
  • When Stanley comes into Michael's hotel room and says "C'mon, Michael, it's game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we'll grab a Big Mac on the way to the Ballpark." All of those things were products that Michael Jordan had been a sponsor for around that time.
  • The first animated film to have been edited for content for TV airings.
  • The Union Hall in which the Looney Tunes characters meet is entitled "Union Hall 839", a reference to the actual Hollywood Animation Guild, which is Union Local 839.
  • Moron Mountain is a spoof on Magic Mountain, a Six Flags amusement park in southern California. At around the time this movie was made, Magic Mountain had a contract with Warner Brothers to use the Toon characters.
  • The cartoons seen in Moron Mountain are: Broom-Stick Bunny (1956), Don't Axe Me (1958), Duck Amuck (1953), Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953), Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z (1956), Going! Going! Gosh! (1952), Golden Yeggs (1950), Henhouse Henery (1949), High Diving Hare (1949), Hip Hip-Hurry! (1958), Rabbit of Seville (1950), Ready.. Set.. Zoom! (1955) and Speedy Gonzales (1955).
  • The following cartoons are referenced when their characters appear at the meeting: An Egg Scramble (1950) (Miss Prissy), Hair-Raising Hare (1946) (Gossamer), Hillbilly Hare (1950) (Curt & Punkinhead Martin), Mexicali Shmoes (1959) (Slowpoke Rodríguez), Rabbit Punch (1948) (The Crusher), Rabbit's Kin (1952) (Pete Puma), The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942) (The Dover Boys) and Three Little Bops (1957) (the three little pigs).
  • The movie pokes some subtle jabs at Disney, and ironically would first air on Network TV as part of ABC's Wonderful World of Disney.
  • Shawn Bradley is seen as playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Bradley was playing for the Sixers at the time of the film's production, but just before its release, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets.
  • The movie's original promotional website can still be found online, exactly as it appeared in 1996.
  • Bill Murray's appearance is a reference to a series of 1990s commercials in which Murray starred. In the commercials, Murray tries and fails to become an NBA player.
  • When Duck, Daffy is modeling potential team uniforms for the other Looney Tunes characters, he states that he's partial to purple and gold. This is a nod to the official colors of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. which is the fraternity that Michael Jordan pledged in college. A tradition for some members of Omega Psi Phi is the branding of one or more of the Greek letter Omega on their arms or chest. If you look closely during the scene where Michael Jordan is shirtless in his hotel room while on the phone with his family, on the left side of his chest is a branded Omega.
  • When Michael first arrives in Looney Tune town, and is talking with the characters, there is a store front sign on one of the background buildings that says "CJ's Toys", a nod to the famous Warner Brothers director/animator Chuck Jones, who created many of the classic Looney Tunes characters.
  • The U.S. VHS release included a collector's coin inside the package that had the Tune Squad on one side and the MonStars on the other.
  • Although Michael Jordan's real kids were not in the film, their names (Jeffery, Marcus, and Jasmine) were used.
  • During the big game, when the Toons are rallying, the purple Monstar is about to attack Bugs and Wile E. when he is interrupted by Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd (dressed in tuxedos) shooting his teeth out with "Misrlou" playing in the background. This is a clear reference to Pulp Fiction (1995).
  • In an interview a couple of years after the films release, long time Looney Tunes director Chuck Jones was highly critical of the movie. Jones felt it strayed too far from the source material, in particular, saying that Bugs would never openly recruit others in his battles. Jones further maintained that the Bugs he worked on would have single handedly dispatched with the aliens in short order. Jones also took exception with some of the film's dialogue, feeling that some one-liners were inconsistent or inappropriate, relating to the characters who said them.
  • When the aliens from Moron Mountain are in disguise at the basketball game they are wearing Tom Baker's scarf from Doctor Who (1963).
  • Mr. Swackhammer says, "I didn't know Dan Aykroyd was in this picture.", when referring to Bill Murray, both former castmates on Saturday Night Live, and co-stars in the first two Ghostbusters movies.
  • Towards the end of the basketball game, Daffy asks Bill Murray, "Exactly how did you get here?" To which Bill responds, "The producer is a friend of mine.", referring to producer Ivan Reitman.
  • This is one of the few times where Bugs and Daffy don't share voice actors. Billy West, the voice of Bugs, would later go on to voice Elmer Fudd in many future Looney Tunes productions. He'd also voice Bugs again in some video games, as well as the Direct-to-Video/DVD film Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006).
  • The pseudo-scientific names of the aliens on the "Aliens From Moron Mountain" blueprint in the brainstorming session are: Wormius Repulsus (green), Newtus Grodius (purple), Dopus Elongatus (blue), Rotundus Tempermentus (orange), and Minimus Whinius (magenta).
  • When playing basketball, Michael Jordan is wearing the Air Jordan XI shoes.
  • This is the second time that Bill Murray said the line, "It is alive." The first time was in Stripes (1981).
  • There was originally going to be a scene in the movie featuring MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob, an animated hip-hop group who worked with Paula Abdul on some of her music, but they were completely cut out of the script.
  • Larry Bird also appeared as himself in Celtic Pride (1996) the same year.
  • Bill Murray is sporting the Air Jordan II shoes during the big game.
  • Shaquille O'Neal makes an uncredited cameo towards the end of the film when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls are facing the Orlando Magic.
  • The last scene shows Michael Jordan returning to the NBA wearing the number 45 jersey, due to his number 23 jersey being retired by the Chicago Bulls after his first retirement.
  • This film has an accompanying video game with the same title. It was an NBA Jam clone that featured Michael Jordan and the Toon Squad versus the Monstar aliens.
  • Michael Jordan's facial acting in the video game Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City, helped gain him the role in this film.
  • The baseball game at the beginning is between the Birmingham Barons and the Huntsville Stars.
  • During his baseball career Michael Jordan played for the Birmingham Barons, who are the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
  • When in the therapy session, Shawn Bradley says, "or I could go back to the jungle and be a missionary again." This is a reference to him being a Mormon and going on a two-year church mission.
  • The voice actors in this film for Daffy, Taz, Marvin, Sylvester, and Yosemite Sam are the only ones to have never gotten to reprise those respective characters in any future productions to date.
  • The bulldog's name is Charles Barkley
  • Bugs Bunny never scored a basket throughout the duration of the film.
  • The 5 stars who have their talent stolen are Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Patrick Ewing and Shawn Bradley. None of them ever won an NBA Championship, largely due to Michael Jordan winning six championships with the Bulls. 1991 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998.
  • Billy West, Kath Soucie and Maurice LaMarche all would later go on to voice major and recurring characters in the Fox Animated Sitcom Futurama (1999), which premiered 3 years after the release of this film.
  • The final scene of the game mirrors Michael Jordan's actual first home game back during his 1995 comeback - which was actually against the Orlando Magic on March 24th. The Magic won that game 106-99 in what was Jordan's first game at the United Center after the Bulls had played in Chicago Stadium earlier in Jordan's career. (The Magic - who included Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway, who met on the set of Blue Chips (1994), leading to O'Neal encouraging the Magic to draft Hardaway - also beat the Bulls in six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals that year. It marked the last playoff series that the Bulls lost with Jordan on their roster. The following year, the Bulls won a record 72 games during the regular season, swept the Magic in the conference finals and then beat the Seattle Supersonics - now the Oklahoma City Thunder - in six games to become NBA champions once again.) In real life, Jordan's first game back in the NBA was March 19th against the Indiana Pacers at Market Square Arena (since replaced by Bankers Life Fieldhouse, formerly known as Conseco Fieldhouse) in Indianapolis.
  • Previously, Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan had teamed up in Nike commercials for the Air Jordan VII (1992) and Air Jordan VIII (1993), with Bugs nicknamed "Hare Jordan". Bugs has since been an honorary member of Jordan Brand, and in 2015 as part of Jordan Brand's 30th anniversary, Nike released a Bugs-themed mid-top version of the Air Jordan I called the Air Jordan I Mid Hare, along with a Lola-themed and female-geared equivalent called the Air Jordan I Mid Lola.
  • June Foray's second time voicing a character in a live-action film. Her first had been Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and her next two times would later be in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003).
  • Danny DeVito's 2nd time voice acting in a live action film. His first time was in Look Who's Talking Now (1993), and his third time would be in The One and Only Ivan (2020).
  • This is the first Looney Tunes film to be rated PG by the MPAA, which has applied to all films in the franchise since both theatrical and non-theatrical.
  • Experienced voice actor Billy West's first voice acting performance in a live action film. His next 2 films would later be Cats & Dogs (2001) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003).
  • Joe Pytka wanted Michael J. Fox to play Stan, but he was overruled by the studios. Jason Alexander and Chevy Chase were also considered.
  • Bill Murray accepted a role in this movie after expressing regret at missing out on the chance to star in another animated live-action film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
  • Features two stars from John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), being T.K. Carter and Charles Hallahan.
  • Paul Julian's last film released over a year after his death in 1995. He voiced the Road Runner, but went uncredited.
  • Danny DeVito (voice of animated character Swackhammer, leader of the Nerdlucks/Monstars) later appeared in fellow Warner Bros. animated film Smallfoot (2018) 22 years later with LeBron James, who appeared alongside the Looney Tunes in Space Jam 2 (2021) 25 years later.
  • Vincent D'Onofrio was considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Bill Murray who stands at 6'2 joked how he felt puny around Michael Jordan and Larry Bird who both stand at 6'6
  • Bill Murray's jersey number, 22, is a nod to his film, Groundhog Day, which occurs on February 2nd or 2-2.
  • George Clooney were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Tom Cruise were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Mike Myers were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Mel Gibson were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Jim Carrey were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Kevin Kline were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Billy Crystal were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Bill Pullman were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Matthew Broderick were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Robert De Niro were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Robert Hays were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Vincent Pastore were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Dennis Quaid were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.
  • Kevin Costner were considered for the role of Stan Podolak.

Spoilers

  • After the big game, Michael returns the talent to the pros from which they were stolen. In that scene, Mugsy says that the glowing ball that contains the talent looks like something out of Star Trek. Ironically Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was released in theaters the following week.
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